Selling of fake National Certificates in Ipil town gets TESDA attention

By Antonio Manaytay

The selling of fake National Certificates of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) had prompted the issuance of warning against its proliferation in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The warning came following the arrest of 46-year-old Ricky Calunsag Esteves last month at his house in Ipil selling fake NCs.

Secretary Isidro Lapeña told the regional and provincial directors of TESDA in the Zamboanga Peninsula to take action against the selling of fake NCs.

He urged them to protect the integrity of the NCs of TESDA.

TESDA Secretary-General Isidro Lapeña. (Facebook/Mindanao Sun)

Acting on Lapeña’s order, TESDA Regional Director Vincent Aljon Zipra had instructed the provincial office to coordinate with the police.

Zipra urged the provincial office to strengthen the case against Esteves.

The regional director called on the public to report of NC issuance outside TESDA offices. It is issued to individuals who passed the skills competency assessment. Only TESDA can issue the NCs.

The TESDA-issued certificate is an assurance that the holder can perform the standards in the workplace.

The original TESDA certificate has the following key features: uses security paper and has the dry-seal of the agency. The Director-General signs the certificate and countersigned by the provincial or regional director.

Selling of fake National Certificates is punishable by law. (Antonio Manaytay-Mindanao Sun)

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